Hunger for Becoming, Path to Peace – NEW ONLINE SERIES
The Dhamma points to a whole life path oriented towards human goodness and unbinding. The path itself is not complicated, but something tends to impede our highest aspirations: I, me, self. The mind fabricates the mirage of a self. While this is nature at work, the problems come when clinging to the self’s desires generates energy that drives the body-mind and its actions. “I” must protect and feed this self; I grab for material things, for social recognition, and compete with others for what I want. There is unhappiness, wanting, suffering. This suffering extends from me out to the world.
Together in meditation, the self is recognized, sometimes as an important, useful mirage, sometimes as a confused, thirsty, stressed reality. In relationship, the self takes form and reveals itself. In dialogue practice, it can be met with receptive awareness, from within and from without, allowing glimpses at times of the softening of the self’s grip. Each instance of recognition contributes to gradual release. Our whole life path calls for patience and diligence at each moment in seeing how “becoming” is either manifesting or being released. “Nibbana is the cessation of becoming.”
In light of this understanding, what does a skillful whole life path look like?